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Civics, social justice lessons and more curriculum changes SJ lawmakers want in schools


Discussions in the Statehouse could make changes to what your kids learn and what’s on the menu in the cafeteria.

South Jersey lawmakers introduced a number of bills in the 2022-2023 session — some of which were held over from last year — concerning public school curriculum and administrative policies, including a requirement for all high school juniors to submit college financial aid applications.

Here’s a look at what’s been proposed by our local legislators: School district policies

Election Day excused absence ( A1318 ): Students age 14 and older may be excused from school on Election Day with documentation they volunteered as a poll observer, canvasser or in voter transport to the polls. This bill is sponsored by Assemblywomen Gabriela Mosquera (D-4, Gloucester) and Carol Murphy (D-7, Burlington).

Financial Aid forms ( A1181 ): All high school juniors would be required to fill out financial aid applications for college as a requirement of graduation. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman William Moen (D-5, Camden) narrowly passed through the Assembly Higher Education committee with a 4-3 vote. In the Cafeteria

Cafeteria Cultural Committee ( A3528 ): A committee would make recommendations on new menu options that better reflect the cultural and […]

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